It is planned for those returning to travel from March 26th that they will have to show a negative corona test – even if they do not come from a risk area.
Update from March 25, 4:27 p.m.: The planned general corona test obligation for entry by plane to Germany is to apply from this Sunday at midnight. The reason is that travelers and airlines can adjust to it, it said on Thursday from the Federal Ministry of Health.
Update from March 25, 4:11 p.m.: Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has called for a very careful examination of a possible ban on travel to popular holiday areas abroad. “I think after the last few days it is very important that the things that we have put on the way can be implemented afterwards,” he said on Thursday in Tripoli, Libya – alluding to the back and forth about them so-called Easter rest. Find out more details on merkur.de*.
Spahn draft: Corona test compulsory for all flight returnees from Friday
Our first report from March 25th:
Berlin – Mallorca stands for a lot right now. For better weather. A break for pandemic-tired Germans. Or holidays abroad in general. Now a new Corona regulation is planned for those very Friday: A test obligation for all travelers who travel to Germany by plane.
According to a draft by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), from which several news agencies cite, those affected would have to “provide the carrier with proof before they leave abroad”. According to reports, the regulation was still being voted on by departments this Thursday. According to information from imageNewspaper, travelers should bear the cost of the test themselves.
So far, a test was only mandatory for returnees from Corona risk areas. According to information from the news agency dpa the new rule should initially apply until March 12th. In addition, the federal government is examining whether trips to popular holiday areas abroad can be temporarily prevented – but there are major constitutional hurdles for this.
Mallorca vacation despite Corona: CSU boss Söder finds it “difficult to understand”
Recently, Mallorca is no longer a risk area due to falling corona numbers. A booking boom for the Balearic island, popular with Germans, followed promptly. And a debate as to whether there is honesty in view of the third wave in Germany. Here the lockdown has just been extended.
It is “simply difficult for people to understand and accept” that you cannot book a holiday home or apartment in this country, but conversely, you can go on a great vacation on Mallorca, said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), for example.
Easter vacation despite Corona: Mallorca is allegedly rowing back on tourism
If it’s true what the Mallorca newspaper reported on Tuesday, the Mallorcan regional government is already pulling the emergency brake. “Easter is not a priority for us. It is important to secure the summer season ”, the newspaper quoted the Minister of Economics of the Balearic Islands, Iago Negueruela. It was not intended that foreign tourists would come again now.
Negueruela emphasized that it was not Mallorca’s business that this would happen anyway, but that it was the responsibility of the governments of Spain and Germany. However, two weeks ago, the head of government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, had expressly invited Germans to spend their Easter holidays in Mallorca.
Corona incidence on Mallorca is increasing again – regional government wants to partially close gastro
However, the 7-day incidence of the Mediterranean island has been worsening again for a good week. According to Mallorca Zeitung, it has risen from around 20 to 30. Therefore, the regional government wants to close the interiors of cafés, restaurants and pubs, which only opened again in mid-March.
According to the authorities, almost 8,000 foreigners were checked at the island’s airport over the weekend, most of them were holidaymakers from Germany. A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours must be presented upon entry, reports the dpa.
This week, SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach warned that the corona mutation P1 discovered in Brazil had now also reached Mallorca. The university clinic “Son Espases” denied such reports. “We found variant B.1.1.28. The dangerous variant (from Brazil) is B.184.108.40.206, also known as P1, ”said clinic spokesman Juan Carlos González dpa. (AFP / dpa / frs) * tz.de and Merkur.de are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA
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